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Is it immoral to have more than one wife? Polygamy between Islam and the West

02 Jul


And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice [between them],
then [marry] only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course.

[Surah An-Nisa 4:3]

The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Dr. Annie Besant says:

There is pretend monogamy in the West, but in reality, there is polygamy without responsibility. The mistress is cast off when the man is weary of her… the first lover has no responsibility for her future, and she is a hundred times worse off than the sheltered wife in a polygamous home.

When we see thousands of miserable women who crowd the streets of Western towns during the night, we must surely feel that it does not lie in the Western mouth to reproach Islam for polygamy. It is better for woman, happier for woman, more respectable for woman to live in polygamy, united to one man, only with a legitimate child in her arms and surrounded with respect, than to be seduced and then cast out into the streets, perhaps with illegitimate child outside the rule of law, uncared, unsheltered, to become victim of any passer-by, night after night, rendered incapable of motherhood, despised by all.

[Besant, A. (1932). The life and teachings of Muhammad: Two lectures by Annie Besant. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House.]
Photo: And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice [between them], then [marry] only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course. [Surah An-Nisa 4:3] The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Dr. Annie Besant says: There is pretend monogamy in the West, but in reality, there is polygamy without responsibility. The mistress is cast off when the man is weary of her… the first lover has no responsibility for her future, and she is a hundred times worse off than the sheltered wife in a polygamous home. When we see thousands of miserable women who crowd the streets of Western towns during the night, we must surely feel that it does not lie in the Western mouth to reproach Islam for polygamy. It is better for woman, happier for woman, more respectable for woman to live in polygamy, united to one man, only with a legitimate child in her arms and surrounded with respect, than to be seduced and then cast out into the streets, perhaps with illegitimate child outside the rule of law, uncared, unsheltered, to become victim of any passer-by, night after night, rendered incapable of motherhood, despised by all. [Besant, A. (1932). The life and teachings of Muhammad: Two lectures by Annie Besant. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Pub. House.]
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